Evaluating a Nutrition Information Policy in Chain Restaurants in Multnomah County, Ore.
Multnomah County passed a menu labeling policy that will go into effect January 1, 2009, as one of only five jurisdictions in the U.S. to have passed such a policy. The aims of this study are to: (1) examine changes in awareness of nutrition information, nutrition knowledge, use of nutrition information and caloric value of purchases; (2) examine changes in menu offerings in restaurants; and (3) describe differences in outcomes by age, gender, education, race/ethnicity, restaurant type and restaurant location. Investigators will use a pre-post design with cross-sectional point-of-purchase surveys, restaurant environmental assessments and menu audits and restaurant health inspection reports. Stratified sampling will be used to enroll sufficient numbers of low-income residents and people of color to allow investigators to describe differences in outcomes by income and race/ethnicity.
This article discusses results of a study that examined whether restaurant environments changed as a result of a newly implemented restaurant nutrition-labeling regulation in King County, Wash., compared over a similar length of time to restaurants in Multnomah County, Ore., where nutrition-labeling was not implemented. Researchers found that there was … More
The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Some communities have limited access to stores that carry healthful staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and … More
Children and adolescents see between 4,500 and 6,000 food ads on TV each year, the majority of which are for products high in sugar and fat and low in essential nutrients. In April 2011, a coalition of federal authorities known as the Interagency Working Group on Foods Marketed to Children … More